Each year the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture selects a Book of the Year award winner to recognize "accurate agriculture" publications that are:
The Michigan Farm Bureau Promotion and Education program embraces the agricultural literacy project, recognizing the importance of providing young people with books and information that accurately depict and explain modern agriculture practices.
To date, the Foundation's collection has more than 400 books for children, teenagers and adults. Visit the Foundation's website for recommended reading.
The following educator's guides can be purchased from Michigan Farm Bureau to accompany partnering children's books, which are available for sale at any book retailer.
To order these guides or other accompanying resources, please complete a request form.
Perfect for introducing PreK-K students to nutrition and food groups. Includes games, lessons, activities and implementation ideas. Partners well with our My Michigan Food Connection Poster. $4.00
Developed for Pre-K-K classrooms, the six activities in the educator’s guide are perfect for ages 5 and up. Teachers and adults visiting the classroom can use the educator’s guide to help children make real life connections to farm animals and demonstrate how farmers care for animals every day. $10.00
Explore nutrition through different lunchbox options during a school lunchtime. Find out how items from each portion of the My Plate diagram got from farm to lunchbox to build a healthy lunch. $10.00
The Seed Soil and Sun Educator's Guide is a set of agriculturally themed lessons aligned with national learning standards which use the book to teach reading, math, science, social studies, health and nutrition to the 1st-3rd grade classroom. $4.00
Learn what a soybean seed/plant needs to grow. Identify the five sub-concepts of agriculture (production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumerism). Identify the characteristics of organisms, life cycles of organisms, organisms and the environments. Construct a soybean life cycle chain. $4.00
This Educator Guide is an activity resource for Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry, The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts, and Little Joe by Sandra Neil Wallace. This guide includes lessons for grades 6-8 regarding caring for others, building healthy relationships, identifying personal values and learning from others. Also included is a chapter-by-chapter summary of each supported book. $4.00
Follow the water cycle step by step in this informational text. Diagrams and real life pictures show each part of the cycle and provide simple, scientific reading for 3rd-5th grade students. Partner with the water lesson plan for additional learning. $10.00
Choose from five different lessons teaching about categorizing items, rhyming words, shapes, identifying familiar objects and basic research. $4.00
With lessons for K-2nd grade, this guide addresses science, history, math and language arts. Activities include instructions to run your own first peas contest and comparing/contrasting modern and historical pea farming. $4.00
A Seed in Need and I Drive a Tractor - An instructor's guide with two hands-on activities developed to teach about agriculture. The seed activity is garden-in-a-glove, a hands-on seed planting activity. The tractor activity is a physical exercise activity designed get children moving and engaged in a farmer's daily feeding routine. $4.00
Teacher's Guide to go with the children's book "Farmers Market" Includes four activities including physical exercise activity and matching activity that stimulates pricing. $4.00
It introduces young readers to animals by providing basic information on pigs while teaching and providing activities focused on the alphabet, letter and word recognition and counting. Young readers learn about where pork comes from, how pigs are cared for by farmers and how agriculture is part of our lives every day. $4.00
Developed for the Pre-K -K classroom, this Educator's guide uses the book "Senses on the Farm" and four fun activities to address key developmental indicators and help young people recognize objects using the five senses, reading, writing, numbers, counting and sequencing. Reproducible activity sheets and full lesson plan are included, as well as an active song to help young people understand the concepts and reinforce the theme and message of the lesson and the book. $4.00
This Educator's Guide accompanies "The Tree Farmer." Activities include categorizing trees, tree products, tree benefits and the tree-mendous game. $4.00
For grades K-2, the guide includes six lessons about vocabulary, pollination and math to partner with The Beeman book. $4.00
In the 2015 Accurate Agriculture Book of the Year, read about the many different apple varieties, how apples are grown and how cider is made. $17.00
From eggs to orange juice and maple syrup to bacon, follow popular breakfast foods from farm to table. Partner with the 2nd through 4th grade lesson plan. $10.00
Investigate how peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are made. Find out more about how peanuts, grapes and wheat are grown and processed to make it to your table! $17.00
This 2016 Accurate Agriculture Book of the Year introduces students to school gardens, the scientific method and a bit of history of agriculture in the U.S. It follows the First Peas contest conducted by Thomas Jefferson, mirroring it in a school setting. $17.00
For Pre-K-K classrooms this digi-pack includes a lesson plan, short video and printable parade stick pictures. Three activities include Farm Animal and Sounds, Farm Animal Parade and Proper Animal Names. $4.00
Test piloted and aligned to the National Learning Standards for Early Elementary Classrooms this educator's guide and its activities accompany the Accurate Ag Book of the Year "How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?" $4.00
For 3rd-6th grade. Activities will help students identify the five sub-concepts of pigs and pork in agriculture (production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumerism). After using these resource students should be able to read for understanding, inquire into science and technology surrounding the pork industry, understand places and regions in the United States and interpret social and mathematical problems. $4.00
For Pre-K-K classrooms with activities which teach science, nutrition, mathematics, reading/ language arts and physical activity. Activities include: Reading and basic shape identification, Become a Bean Counter-math and number writing, Cool Beans-Colors and plant parts and Get Up and Get Growing-physical exercises and seed germination-use fingers, hands, arms, legs and feed to act out what a soybean seed/plant needs to grow. $4.00
An instructor's guide to go along with The Guardian: On the Job with Rena and Roo. This guide includes activities for grades 2-4. Activities include sequencing of various sentences, vocabulary exercises and a story map. Also included are additional research project ideas. $4.00
In rhyming text, a child describes the work Grandpa does to take care of honeybees and harvest the honey they make. $16.00
Learn about the agriculture innovations of our nation's first president. From forestry to seed development to the history of work horses on the farm, learn about farming when our nation began! $5.00
Elementary level lessons pair with The Apple Orchard Riddle book and are aligned to Common Core standards. Lessons include subjects of geography, math, science and language arts. $4.00
Spread the love of agriculture throughout the whole year! This educator's guide pairs a seasonal commodity with each month through a suggested reading book and lesson. Pick just one lesson to take to the classroom or set up a whole series of monthly agriculture lessons. $25.00